Rotation: In the texture of the world
Yam Lau’s Rotation: In the texture of the world exemplifies a non-narrative yet immersive structure. Situated in the heart of a rapidly deteriorating yet persevering urban village/ruin in Guangzhou, China, Lau records daily life with layered, rotational views that resist settling into real time. As stated in the invitation text: Time and place are elusive quantities in Yam Lau’s video work, Rotation: In the texture of the world. Dislodging the moving image from a spatio-temporal logic, Lau builds a dimensional palimpsest where history and contemporaneity converge, and location is unfixed, with the architectural features of the site moving in and out of register, never quite aligning. Twinning an ancient folk tale about a hidden civilization with the plight of a contemporary urban village out of step with an encroaching mega-city, Lau suggests that its discovery is less reliant upon mapping than tuning to its unique frequency in the world.